Clovis youth prepares for national spelling bee

By Ryan Lengerich His friends call him Zack, but Tuesday he will be known simply as “Speller No. 141.” That number will be assigned to Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly when he represents eastern New Mexico in a three-day competition this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New […]

Contest buzzing with excitement

By Michelle Seeber Twenty-nine words into the 13th round, Zach Gillooly of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday at Clovis Community College. The 12-year-old seventh-grader from Yucca Junior High School won by correctly spelling the word “dipsomania.” Because he won, Zach will get to travel to Washington, D.C., on a trip sponsored by Freedom […]

Chenault hopes genes come through

By Ryan Lengerich Chay Chenault says he has the experience. The confidence. And the genes. His mother Sheri Chenault said her son comes from a family of savvy spellers, and if his thinking proves true, he’ll be capitol-bound come Saturday evening. The Floyd Middle School seventh grader is slated to compete in his third regional […]

Students prepare for national spelling bee

Ryan Lengerich Area students are “sanguine” about a chance to visit Washington, D.C. — and many of them can spell that word, too. Sanguine, an adjective meaning excited or optimistic, and obscure words like it could pop up in the upcoming weeks as eastern New Mexico elementary and junior high students participate in their school’s […]

Spelling champ goes on to D.C.

By Janet Bresenham Everyday life in Washington, D.C., usually revolves around the center of American government, political power and the hustle and bustle of bills on Capitol Hill. But today, young people will show the country how to spell success. The 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee begins this morning in the Independence Ballroom […]